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Canon C200 vs 1DX mark ii for Wedding Videography

Which camera is a better run and gun camera for wedding videography?

April, 2018

The wedding film above was shot entirely on a Canon C200 & 1DX mark ii. The Canon 1DX has been our main camera for the past year. We have filmed around 20 weddings with the 1DX and we have grown very fond of everything this camera has to offer. We recently picked up a Canon C200 in addition to our 1DX mark ii. We have filmed two weddings at the time of writing this article and I am very impressed with the camera thus far. I am going to dive into the pros and cons of each camera. To be clear, I have both cameras designated for different jobs. Our 1DX stays on the Ronin M for a majority of the day flipping back and forth between 4k 60fps and 1080p 120fps primarily focusing on "cinematics". We swap between the Canon 28mm f1.8 & 50mm f1.4 while our 1DX is on the Ronin. One of the 1DX's strong points is that it fits on most gimbals. The Canon C200 is a bit limited although it will work on the Zhiyun Crane 2 but it looks like it struggles. The Tilta G2X looks like a feasible option, but I have yet to see a review with a C200 not a C200B balanced on the Tilta G2X. Refer to the videos at the bottom of the page if you would like to learn more about either of these cameras on a few different gimbals. The Canon C200 typically stays on the monopod/handheld focusing on BTS documentary style shots and tight detail shots. We also use the C200 for our main camera angle for letter readings, ceremony and speeches. 

Canon 1DX Pros: 

As stated above, being able to mount this camera on smaller gimbals is a big pro in my opinion. The Ronin M is great, but the stand is a killer! It can become very cumbersome trying to keep track of the stand as well as lenses, bags, coats, tripods, sliders and anything else when you are moving from location to location on wedding day. Being able to mount the 1DX on a Zhiyun Crane 2 and eliminate the stand is a huge time saver and one less thing to worry about. We are currently holding off on buying a Crane 2 and waiting for the DJI Ronin-S. One our favorite wedding videographers The Film Poets balanced a 1DX on the Ronin S at NAB and confirmed that we will be waiting for the Ronin S. Another big pro for the 1DX is having auto focus in 1080p 120 fps. I am still a bit confused on why canon didn't offer  DPAF in its high frame rate recording mode on the C200. We can just add it to the list of things we want on future firmware updates... Having DPAF allows you to shoot very shallow and still create cinematic camera movements and still keep your subject locked in focus. Having really shallow push ins or pull outs adds great dynamic to your wedding film and it is something we love to do! The 1DX is a great size camera and it feels good in the hands. It's not too light and its not too heavy. If you throw on a strap, an image stabilized lens and a little warp stabilizer in post and you can get away with some serious trick shots and some very cinematic camera movements. The C200 is just a bit too large to pull of these similar shots. Being full frame is a big pro. The full frame 1080p looks great and the bokeh is incredible! If only they gave us full frame 4k in this camera! 

Canon 1DX Cons:

One of the biggest cons would be the codec. It shoots in an 8bit Motion jpeg codec that has a poor compression rate. The file sizes are absolutely insane and you also have to shoot on expensive Cfast 2.0 cards and CF cards. On an average wedding, we will bring home around 500 gb of data on the 1DX alone. Another con would be that it does not offer a log profile. We have grown very fond of Clog3 on the C200. It would be incredible if you could also shoot in Clog 3 on the 1DX. It's a bit frustrating because Canon allows you to upgrade your 5D mark IV with Clog, but they do not allow you to upgrade on the 1DX. Not having an articulating screen (flip out screen) is a con. In the past we have shot on the Panasonic GH4Canon 60D, 70D and still use the 80D, all of which have a flip out LCD (we will be picking up the 90D when it comes out). The C200 also has an articulating screen. Being able to get low, shoot high and still be able to adjust your composition is very powerful. Not having XLR ports is a con. This is not something I expect out a DSLR, but having the ability to use higher quality microphones with phantom power would be a big plus. The 1DX does not allow you to control the camera via wifi like on other Canon cameras. I can monitor our Canon 80D and touch focus from my phone and it works seamlessly. Since our 1DX stays mostly on the Ronin, it would be incredible if I could man the gimbal and Vanessa (my finance/business partner) could pull focus and run the remote for the Ronin. You also have this option with the C200 using the Browser Remote. We have yet tested out out this feature. 

Canon C200 Pros:

The biggest pro with the C200 would be its ability to shoot raw. Shooting raw is not necessary for wedding videography, but it is an incredible option to have. Adobe Premeire Pro now supports Cinema Raw Light. I have been a little reluctant to shoot raw at weddings because of the post workflow. Since I can now I edit .crm files directly in Premeire Pro, it should speed up the workflow significantly and allow us to shoot more of it. My second favorite pro with this camera would be it's built in XLR ports. Being able to capture higher quality audio has been a game changer for us. Rode video mics are great, but being able to plug mics that require phantom power directly into the camera is incredible. We are currently using the Rode NTG-2 and I am loving the increase in audio quality. The built in ND filters are wonderful. With wedding videography we find our selves shooting in harsh sunlight often. Being able to have ND filters at the push of a button is a huge pro. The .mp4 codec is wonderful on this camera. The files look incredibly clean and they are very manageable. They are easy to edit and we are not bringing home over 500 gb of data after a wedding like we are with the 1DX. This camera allows you to shoot in Clog. Its a great option to have. It takes a bit more time to grade in post, but the colors after the fact are unbeatable! The EVF on this camera is game changing. Having the ability to check all of your settings in the broad daylight is awesome. The EVF is incredibly sharp and we are overall very impressed with the EVF on this camera. The articulating touch screen (Canon LM-V1) is really nice. This is the first cinema camera that offers the ability to touch to pull focus with DPAF. I know a lot of filmmakers are reluctant to use auto focus, but DPAF has become a huge part of our workflow and we trust it heavily! It is one of the reasons we have stuck with Canon through all of the years. In my opinion it is one of the most powerful tools for run and gun style filmmaking and wedding videography. It allows you to pull off shots that would be much harder to get with manual focus. The ability to customize every button on this camera is a big pro. Most cameras offer some form of customization, but this camera just has so many buttons and you can really dive into the custom settings and make this camera fit for your style of shooting. To simply put it, Canon put just about everything you can ask for in this camera (besides a 10bit codec for .mp4 shooting)

Canon C200 Cons:

The biggest con from this camera is that it doesn't allow you to shoot 10bit .mp4. You have to shoot raw to achieve 10 or 12bit color. This is annoying because the raw workflow is a bit more cumbersome than shooting .mp4. As a wedding videographer this is ok for me. We personally do not need 10bit when shooting weddings, but it is frustrating when you see cameras like the Panasonic GH5 shooting 10 bit. Every C200 owner is crossing their fingers that canon gives us 10 bit color in a future firmware upgrade, but all we can do now is hope. Because of the EVF, it is not the best camera to mount onto gimbals. The C200B is a much better option for gimbal work, but I have not seen many videos where the C200 has been balanced properly on anything but a Movi Pro. Something I noticed that I did not like immediately when I first started testing out the camera is not having the ability to change the aperture with your right hand on the grip (GR-V1). You have to swing your left hand around to the bottom of the camera and spin a dial to adjust the aperture. I absolutely hated this at first. It took quite a bit of getting used to and now its not a huge issue. Coming from DSLRs, being able to control all your settings from your right hand was a luxury. There seems to be a bit of a lag when changing ISO or shutter speed and the meter seems to also lag a bit as well. It is not as tack sharp as the 1DX or other cameras when changing settings. This took a bit of getting use to, but it is not a huge deal breaker. The size can be a pro or con for some people, but for wedding videography being able to capture the shot trumps image quality. So if you are faster and more efficient shooting on a Sony A7iii then that may be the better camera. The C200 is bigger, heavier and a bit clunkier than shooting with a small mirrorless camera, so just keep that in mind. For us, we shoot with the C200 further away from our subject with a longer lens and we "snipe" detail/documentary style shots. We treat the C200 as our B camera instead of our A Camera. The 1DX is very much our A camera that we run and gun with. Another huge con is not having auto focus on 1080p 120fps. Like why Canon? I am sure there are technical reasons for this that none of us would understand. But it is so annoying because the 1DX offers it, why cant the C200?

Conclusion:

There are several pros and cons for each of these cameras. I only shed light on a few of them. If there were any that I missed, feel free to leave a comment below or send us a message! There are several cameras that may be better for wedding videography. The Sony A7 series and the Panasonic GH5 are incredible cameras for wedding videography, especially for the price point. Cameras are just tools to help tell the story. You can tell great stories with any camera that you choose! If I had to choose between the Canon C200 or the 1DX for only wedding videography, I would recommend the 1DX. They both are great cameras but the versatility the 1DX offers is unbeatable!

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